Lindenwood women’s basketball suffers defeat at Lewis

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James Tananan Kamnuedkhun

Senior Lindsay Medlen comes over to the bench during a Lindenwood women's basketball game against Pittsburg State on Nov. 13.

Billy Woods, Reporter

The Lindenwood women’s basketball team lost 86-75 to the Lewis University Flyers after a strong offensive push in the second half secured the win for the Flyers.

This game followed a thrilling 92-86 overtime victory against University of Missouri- St. Louis on Monday night during the Special Olympics Recognition game.

The Lions did what they do best: dominate early in the game. After the first quarter, the Lions were ahead 18-13. In the second quarter, however, the Flyers began to swing the momentum in the other direction.

A common theme for the Lions this season has been middle of the game struggles, which continued tonight when the Flyers shot 10-of-14 from the field in the second quarter, which included 4-of-5 from the three-point line. The Lions still had an efficient quarter, scoring 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field.

At one point in the second quarter, the Lions were leading by as many as nine points. And as is the norm, the Lions led the game in points in the paint (44-to-30) and fast break points (18-to-16).

The Flyers took an early second half advantage, leading by as many as 15 points at one point in the fourth quarter. Even though the Lions scored 28 points in the fourth, the Flyers were about to outmatch them and score 30. The late rally fell short, as the defense was unable to get the necessary stops in the second half.

Lindsay Medlen, who is 24 points away from joining the Lindenwood 1,000-point club, led the scoring attack with 22 points, adding a season-best five steals as well. Kallie Bildner (17 points and 12 rebounds) and Julia Ruzevich (15 points and seven rebounds) were the only other Lions to score in double digits.

The Lions will travel to Springfield, Illinois to play the University of Illinois Springfield on Jan. 25. The next home game comes on Jan. 30, when the Lions host McKendree University.